The Journey Begins - Holy Week 2020

 

The Journey Begins

Dear Family in Christ,

When I awoke this morning, I recalled a hymn that has become a favorite of mine as I make the Holy Week turn to Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection. Lutheran poet Jaroslav Vajda considers what was going through Christ's mind when he "woke that Thursday morning." You know. "That...morning."

Vajda vividly describes the events of the first Holy Thursday from Jesus' perspective, who in that moment yearned to gather with his beloved friends not all that unlike us scattered and self-isolated today. Then Vajda sweeps us forward to the glories of heaven where we and all believers in Christ will gather around the throne of the Lamb--where the gathering Christ and his people yearned for becomes eternal reality. How? Because the Savior who woke "that Thursday morning" left his tomb empty for us on Sunday morning.

Dear loved ones in Christ, as you make your own Holy Week turn, may these words of the poet lift your eyes to the Savior who gave himself for you, the Savior whom you and I and all God's people will see in the glories of heaven someday


When you woke that Thursday morning, Savior, Teacher, faithful Friend,
Thoughts of self and safety scorning, knowing how the day would end;
Lamb of God, foretold for ages, now at last the hour had come
When but One could pay sin's wages: you assumed their dreadful sum.

Never so alone and lonely, longing with tormented heart
To be with your dear ones only for a quiet hour apart;
Sinless Lamb and fallen creatures, one last paschal meal to eat,
One last lesson as their teacher, washing your disciples' feet.

What was there that you could give them that would never be outspent,
What great gift that would outlive them, what last will and testament?
"Show me and the world you love me, know me as the Lamb of God;
Do this in remembrance of me, eat this body, drink this blood."

One day all the Church will capture that bright vision glorious,
And your saints will know the rapture that your heart desired for us,
When the longed-for peace and union of the greatest and the least
Meet in joyous, blest communion in your never-ending feast.


Holy Week Worship - Dates and Details

Join us on Facebook Live @ Facebook.com/VisitKoK for all of our Holy Week services! If you arrive late, no worries! You can rewind the service and start from the beginning. We also post a recording of the service on both Facebook and our YouTube channel after the service is over.
 
Helpful Links for Your Holy Week Worship:
We Need Your Help ASAP!
Even though we can't gather physically, we are still a family in Christ gathered around the cross and empty tomb. We want to express that on Easter Sunday. How? Follow these steps:

1. 
Record a brief video (even a selfie video!) of you and/or your family saying these exact words: "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!"

2. Send your video to jeremiah.gumm@visitkok.com or text it to 630-370-2749.

All of these Easter greeting videos are being compiled into a single King of Kings family video that will be shared by Easter morning. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 11 Afternoon. If you need assistance submitting your video, please contact Pastor. Submit your Easter greeting video today!

Holy Week at Home Resources
Want to know more about what happened during Holy Week? Looking for activities or devotions to keep you and your family focused on Christ? We have options for you!
  • Holy Week at Home by Redemption Lutheran Church (Watertown, NY)
    Our sister congregation in northern New York has produced a page full of daily devotions and activities for your Holy Week at home. Click the title to access the resources.

     
  • Passion History by Risen Savior Lutheran Church (Orlando)
    Reading #1 - Reading #2 - Reading #3 - Reading #4 - Reading #5
    Having traveled to the Holy Land on several occasions, Pr. Steve Blumer has created videos with pictures of Holy Week locations and readings of the Passion History of our Lord. Click on each link above for each of Pr. Blumer's videos.
Easter Sunday Evening Live Broadcast @ 7 pm ET
A special Easter evening worship service will be broadcast live from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) @ 7 pm EDT at their livestream site. The theme will be Together at the Empty Tomb. Be sure to watch for a special rendition of "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" sung by WELS members across North America!

Private Communion Available for Kings of Kings Members
While we are not able to gather for a group celebration of the Lord's Supper, members of Kings of Kings, WELS, or the ELS are invited to take advantage of receiving private communion. This is conducted in a safe and sanitary manner in the sanctuary with a brief devotion and the Sacrament. Please contact Pastor Gumm by email or call the church office @ 407-628-5696 if you would like to set up an appointment to receive the Lord's Supper.
 
As we journey from an upper room to an olive grove under the stars, from the unjust halls of justice to a cross on an ugly hill and finally to a tomb that cannot contain its occupant, please know that we are following Jesus with you. We are beneath the cross and outside the empty tomb peering in with wonder. We are there remembering with you.

Yet most importantly. through all of this, Jesus is with you--your crucified and risen Savior, your Lord who gives you himself, your Savior who suffers hell in your place, your Redeemer who crushes the power of Satan and sin and death...for you. What wondrous love is this! What joy and comfort fills our hearts! What hope and confidence we have because Jesus is victorious for us! May our Lord and Savior bless and walk beside you during these holy days!

Following Jesus with You,
Pastor Gumm